Selection Criteria and Guidelines

Selection Criteria (The FIUT is currently not being offered)

This year's Fund will support ambitious proposals which aim to enhance the undergraduate curriculum at all levels.

We encourage particularly the development of new courses or modules which:

  1. Incorporate project-based experiences, whether within a specific discipline or in a broader context.
  2. introduce multiple disciplinary perspectives on problems of scholarly or societal interest.
  3. Provide opportunities for service learning within the USC neighborhood or Los Angeles as a whole.
  4. Allow for collaborative, as well as individual, learning experiences.

In some cases course innovations may be grounded in new pedagogical technologies. This is not required, however, and we encourage the submission of proposals based on the full range of learning modes.

Proposals are preferred for projects that include the following elements:

  1. Introduction of a fresh perspective to learning strategies for students.
  2. Emphasis on active learning or experiential learning.
  3. Articulation of desired educational outcomes and development of a reasonable assessment strategy.
  4. Formulation of a realistic plan of action, as well as a budget that fits the needs of the project.

Submission Guidelines

  1. Awards may be made for team projects and projects that involve Teaching Assistants. Awards may only be made to individual faculty members or groups of faculty, not to administrative units. All Principal Investigators must be full-time faculty.
  2. Awards are expected to range up to $15,000. Budgets may include salary, wages, materials and supplies, travel, and consultation fees. Fringe benefits must be included. All funds must be expended by 30 June 2014. Faculty salaries may be paid only during the summer, and faculty salary requests should conform to University guidelines.
  3. Acceptance of an award entails the following obligations:
    1. To prepare a report on the project concept and progress to date, by mid-November, as an essay publishable on the web site of the Center for Excellence in Teaching.
    2. To prepare a short final report (see Final Report Guidelines, below), including:
      • A budget summary
      • Copies of any material (e.g., assessment tools, scholarly publication(s) based on the project's results, workbooks, web sites, and CDs) produced for external distribution, upon project completion. The essay required in (a) may serve as a final report for projects completed before the November deadline.
  4. Deadline for submission of a single PDF file to the Center for Excellence in Teaching through usccet@usc.edu is February 4, 2013. Proposals will be reviewed by a faculty panel appointed by the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Programs.

Funded Projects: Guidelines for Writing the Final Report (due by June 30)

  1. What was/were the innovative aspect(s) of this project?
  2. Goals:
    • What were the initial goals for this course (“at the end of this course the student will have learned….”)?
    • In what way did you measure/assess the learning of the students to ensure that the course’s goals were met?
    • In retrospect, were the course’s goals realistic? Was/were your assessment method(s) successful? Please explain.
  3. What were the lessons learned based on your reflective analysis?
  4. What is the current status of this course?
  5. What (if any) change(s) have you incorporated since your first offering of your innovative course? (For example: Have you modified the scope and instructional methodologies of your course? Have you changed the learning goals or assessment method(s)? Please be specific.)
  6. Along with the final report, please also include:
    • A budget summary
    • Copies of any material (e.g., assessment tools, scholarly publication(s) based on the project's results, workbooks, photographs, web sites, and CDs) produced for external distribution.